NYC Honorary Street Names
Teddy Gleason St (Manhattan)
Present name:Morris Street
Location:Between West and Washington Streets.
Honoree: Thomas William (Teddy) Gleason (1900-1992) was the oldest of 13 children. He quit school at 15 to join his father and grandfather on the docks. He worked many different jobs on the docks until 1932, when he was blacklisted by employers for his activities on behalf of the International Longshoremen's Association. When the union was recognized under the New Deal, he returned to the docks and rose in union ranks. He was elected International President of the ILA in 1963 and continued in that post for nearly a quarter century.
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